Pakistan is commemorating the fourth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort, a military operation carried out by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in response to an Indian Air Force (IAF) airstrike in Balakot in February 2019.
This operation demonstrated Pakistan’s armed forces’ bravery and capability in the face of aggression from its neighbor.
During the operation, the PAF shot down two Indian fighter jets and kidnapped an Indian pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was later released as a show of goodwill.
This successful operation demonstrated to the rest of the world that Pakistan’s armed forces will not back down in the face of threats to its sovereignty and will always be prepared to defend the country and its people.
The PAF’s swift and decisive response to Indian aggression sent a clear message to the Indian government that any violation of Pakistan’s borders or airspace would not be tolerated.
The operation’s success demonstrated Pakistan’s armed forces’ capabilities and professionalism, and it is a source of pride for the entire nation.
Today, on the fourth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort, we remember the bravery of Pakistan’s armed forces who risked their lives to defend the country.
Let us not forget Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was treated with dignity and respect while imprisoned in accordance with international laws and conventions.
Pakistan remains committed to regional peace and stability, but it will always be ready to defend itself against any aggression.
As Pakistan commemorates the anniversary of Operation Swift Retort, its armed forces reaffirm their commitment to protecting their country and people, as well as working toward a peaceful and prosperous future for all.